THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
Romans 15:7 (ESV)
LOVE OTHERS BY MAKING ROOM
A couple had been fighting over the purchase of a new car for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast sports car. The discussion was getting very heated when finally the wife stated, “Look, I want something that goes from 0 to 180 in four seconds or less, and that’s all there is to it! My birthday is coming up, and you’d better surprise me, or it’s going to get mighty lonely for you around here if you get my drift!” When her big day came, the wife went out to the garage, but there was no new car. Angry, she went back into the house looking for her husband, but he was not at home. Frustrated and upset, she went into the bathroom to get dressed, and there, sitting on the floor and wrapped in a big red ribbon, was her birthday present – something that would go from 0 to 180 in four seconds or less – a brand new scale! (Peg Beukema)
It’s probably safe to say it got mighty lonely for that husband that night. Our world is filled with lonely people and not because they have all done something wrong or foolish. Many people feel lonely because they haven’t found a place where they feel welcomed. Romans 15:7 challenges us to make others feel welcomed like Jesus has made us feel welcome for the glory of God.
Most of us would agree that our country is divisive in so many ways right now. People are choosing sides. They view anyone who doesn’t look like them or believe like them as the enemy. Jesus taught one of the ways we can glorify God is by making people feel welcomed.
Have there been times in your life when you felt lonely and felt like no one realized or even cared that you felt lonely? Our schools, churches, workplaces, and neighborhoods are filled with people who feel that way. Pray and ask God to show you someone who needs to feel welcomed today and how you can make them feel welcomed for the glory of God.